Reneé Balconi joined the LSU strength and conditioning staff in March of 2020. She comes to LSU after serving as the owner of Balconi Top Training, a company she founded and built in 2009. Balconi trained a number of professional athletes during her tenure at Balconi Top Training while also serving as a high performance director for a number of universities and high schools over the past decade where she helps develop sport-specific programs for athletes.
Balconi is currently obtaining her master’s degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2005 from the University of Cincinnati. She has been a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist dating back to 2017, and she has been certified by the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association as a personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and yoga instructor since 2009.
Balconi was a four-year starter for the the University of Cincinnati soccer team from 2000-04 while playing as a defender. She served as the team captain in 2004 and was named to the Conference USA Second Team that season.
At Balconi Top Training, Reneé designed, implemented and reviewed all programming for every athlete and every team that trained at her facility. She worked with current U.S. national soccer team member, Rose Lavelle, while also training athletes from the NFL, NWSL, MLB, MLS, and the NBA. She also worked with a wide range of collegiate programs in a plethora of sports that included soccer, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse, field hockey, track and field, and basketball.
She is married to Lindsey Balconi. They have one son, DiMaggio Balconi.